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Toyota @ NAIAS: A-BAT concept truck

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Surprised this hasn't been posted here yet...Toyota has a concept for the Detroit Auto Show of a Ridgeline-eque hybrid unibody pickup...the styling reminds me of the Dodge Rampage concept..

Autoweek Article

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All I know is that it is MUCH less ugly than the Ridgeline.

I'd still rather have a diesel Rabbitt Pickup.

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Oh, this will send the attendees to the North American International Auto Show on a Rampage all along the Ridgeline.

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All I know is that it is MUCH less ugly than the Ridgeline.

I also like it better than the current Silverado. Definitely does the macho styling better and probably can tow and haul much much more.

/sarcasm

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Lessee... a pick-up the size of a bmw 3-series with a 4-cyl towing more than a Silverado.

Uh-huh.

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The A-Bat's shape was inspired by the silhouette of the Toyota Prius, Calty Project Creative Director Matt Sterling said in a statement.

:huh:

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-RBB

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A-BAT, eh? That's precisely what I'd like to hit it with.

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They should call it the Prius Suburbia. Toyota should create a separate brand called Prius for all their hybrids...

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They should call it the Prius Suburbia. Toyota should create a separate brand called Prius for all their hybrids...

:lol:

Still, I like the looks of it so far. I just hope Toyota doesn't go spoiling it by dipping into the FJ parts bin too much. Whether we like it or not, there is an entire legion of 'urban warriors' out there who really don't need the heft of the Avalanche but want something they can dump firewood or their ex-wife's body into, without worrying about the mess.

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:lol:

Still, I like the looks of it so far. I just hope Toyota doesn't go spoiling it by dipping into the FJ parts bin too much. Whether we like it or not, there is an entire legion of 'urban warriors' out there who really don't need the heft of the Avalanche but want something they can dump firewood or their ex-wife's body into, without worrying about the mess.

Yes... I have no need for the obesity, poor driving characteristics, and negative image of a regular truck, but something like that would be useful for me for the occasional Home Depot/Best Buy/etc trip and weekend stuff (mountain bike, skis, etc)..

But then again, if I can't get it into my Jeep now, I have it delivered.

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I still fail to see how a 181" long 'truck', even with a 'lifted' :wink: mid-gate, will swallow anything 8' long... unless it hangs 2' out the rear. That's one tiny-assed 'truck'.

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I still fail to see how a 181" long 'truck', even with a 'lifted' :wink: mid-gate, will swallow anything 8' long... unless it hangs 2' out the rear. That's one tiny-assed 'truck'.

By its unique architecture, where the 8' long thing will go into the engine bay.

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No see, it has the same A-pillar/front quarter-window design and two wheels on each side.

I see it now! Also notice that each "wheel" also is surrounded by a "tire". Both very similar indeed.

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I see it now! Also notice that each "wheel" also is surrounded by a "tire". Both very similar indeed.

And the tires and wheels are round!

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At one point, Toyota was planning on making "Prius" into a division for all of it's hybrids.

I can't wait to read the articles on this thing... "Beware Detroit" et al. Just like when the Ridgeline came out and every insider here/media member declared it the end of Detroit's trucks.

It's pretty sad that we live in America and the pick up truck has acquired a 'negative image' I mean, I can see a bit of a negative image with the SUVs and soccer moms. But a negative image with trucks and the honest hard working people that drive them who use them to make a living??!?! Oh wait, I forgot, the negative image is actually conotated with honesty, hard work and being 'american' in general.

:fiery:

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It's pretty sad that we live in America and the pick up truck has acquired a 'negative image' I mean, I can see a bit of a negative image with the SUVs and soccer moms. But a negative image with trucks and the honest hard working people that drive them who use them to make a living??!?! Oh wait, I forgot, the negative image is actually conotated with honesty, hard work and being 'american' in general.

The 'negative' image I was referring to is that I usually associate pickups with conservatives and right-wingers...demographics I wouldn't want to be associated with. (I've got my biases, I'll admit.. :)

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I'm not sure if I like how it looks, but I think we're guaranteed that 'yota will beat it with the ugly stick before production if it's made.

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